Dominic Kao

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer & Information Technology

Purdue University


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Short bio: I am an Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. I am interested in gaming technologies and their intersection with human-computer interaction, education, and other facets of human experience. Previously, I studied virtual identity and computational learning. Contact me at dkao@mit.edu.

Prospective students: I'm looking for motivated students in human-computer interaction or games research. If you are interested in working with me, please contact me at dkao@mit.edu.


Publications

Notable publications marked with **

2018

  • ** The Effects of Badges and Avatar Identification on Play and Making in Educational Games [ paper | video ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), Montréal, Canada, April 21 – 26, 2018.

2017

  • MazeStar: A Platform for Studying Virtual Identity and Computer Science Education [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2017), Hyannis, MA, Aug 14 – 17, 2017.

  • ** Toward Understanding the Impact of Visual Themes and Embellishment on Performance, Engagement, and
    Self-Efficacy in Educational Games
    [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    American Educational Research Association (AERA 2017), San Antonio, TX, April 27 – 1, 2017.

    Best Student Paper award.

2016

  • ** Exploring the Effects of Dynamic Avatars on Performance and Engagement in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Games+Learning+Society (GLS 12), Madison, WI, Aug 17 – 19, 2016.

  • Highlighting MazeStar: A Platform for Studying Avatar Use in Computer Science Learning Environments [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell, Chong-U Lim, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Maya Wagoner, Helen Ho

    Games+Learning+Society (GLS 12), Madison, WI, Aug 17 – 19, 2016.

  • Exploring the Impact of Avatar Color on Game Experience in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016), San Jose, CA, May 7 – 12, 2016.

  • Exploring the Effects of Encouragement in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016), San Jose, CA, May 7 – 12, 2016.

  • Toward Understanding the Impacts of Role Model Avatars on Engagement in Computer Science Learning [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    American Educational Research Association (AERA 2016), Washington, D.C., April 8 – 12, 2016.

2015

  • Exploring the Use of Role Model Avatars in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Experimental AI in Games (EXAG 2015), Santa Cruz, CA, November 14 – 15, 2015.

  • Exploring the Impact of Role Model Avatars on Game Experience in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY 2015), London, England, Oct 5 – 7, 2015.

  • Toward Avatar Models to Enhance Performance and Engagement in Educational Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Computational Intelligence in Games (CIG 2015), Tainan, Taiwan, August 31 – 2, 2015.

  • Toward Understanding Real-World Social Impacts of Avatars [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim

    Electronic Literature Organization (ELO 2015), Bergen, Norway, August 5 – 7, 2015.

  • Toward Evaluating the Impacts of Virtual Identities on STEM Learning [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2015), Pacific Grove, CA, June 22 – 25, 2015.

  • Exigent: An Automatic Avatar Generation System [ paper | video ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2015), Pacific Grove, CA, June 22 – 25, 2015.

  • Mazzy: A STEM Learning Game [ paper | video ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2015), Pacific Grove, CA, June 22 – 25, 2015.

  • Exploring construction, play, use of virtual identities in STEM learning [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao, D. Fox Harrell

    Jean Piaget Society Annual Conference (JPS 2015), Toronto, Canada, June 4 – 6, 2015.

2014

  • The Chimeria Platform: User Empowerment through Expressing Social Group Membership Phenomena [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim, Jason Lipshin, Ainsley Sutherland

    Digital Humanities (DH 2014), Lausanne, Switzerland, July 7 – 12, 2014.

  • Stories of Stigma and Acceptance Using the Chimeria Platform [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim, Jason Lipshin, Ainsley Sutherland

    Electronic Literature Organization (ELO 2014), Milwaukee, WI, June 19 – 21, 2014.

  • The Chimeria Platform: An Intelligent Narrative System for Modeling Social Identity-Related Experiences [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim, Jason Lipshin, Ainsley Sutherland, Julia Makivic

    Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT 7), Milwaukee, WI, June 17 – 18, 2014.

  • Authoring Conversational Narratives in Games with the Chimeria Platform [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim, Jason Lipshin, Ainsley Sutherland, Julia Makivic, Danielle Olson

    Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2014), Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 3 – 7, 2014.

    Best Paper honorable mention.

2013

  • Computationally Modeling Narratives of Social Group Membership with the Chimeria System [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Chong-U Lim

    Computational Models of Narrative (CMN 2013), Hamburg, Germany, August 4 – 6, 2013.

  • The Living Liberia Fabric: An Interactive Narrative Artwork Memorializing Civil War in Liberia [ paper ]

    D. Fox Harrell, Chong-U Lim, Dominic Kao, Jia Zhang

    International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013), Sydney, Australia, June 7 – 16, 2013.

2012

  • Reward Preference in Video Games [ paper ]

    Dominic Kao

    Princeton University, Department of Computer Science Technical Report TR-931-12, Princeton, NJ, April 16, 2012.